An A-Z Woman's Guide to Vibrant Health

Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids (myomas) are non-cancerous growths that occur on the walls of the uterus. Composed of connective tissue and muscle, these round, firm growths can be microscopic or grow to the size of a grapefruit. After appearing in groups, fibroids typically grow slowly. Fast-growing fibroids may be malignant. At least 20 percent of women over age 35 will experience fibroids at some time. Because fibroids are affected by estrogen levels, some growths tend to shrink at menopause. On the other hand, some increase in size at menopause and become malignant. If fibroids become problematic, doctors often prescribe drugs that trigger menopausal symptoms to encourage growths to shrink to a size that can be removed surgically in a procedure called a myomectomy. Without certain lifestyle changes, however, fibroids will return after surgery. In extreme cases, doctors may recommend hysterectomy. (See Hysterectomy, Myomectomy and Uterine Ablation in Appendix C)

Symptoms
Some women are surprised to learn during a pelvic examination that they have fibroids as they have experienced no symptoms, even if they have a rather large growth. Others suffer with menstrual problems including heavy, irregular or painful periods and mid-cycle bleeding. Vaginal discharge, pain or bleeding with intercourse, frequent urination, problems with bowel movements and compromised digestion are also involved. Heavy bleeding can cause anemia and fatigue. During pregnancy, fibroids can cause miscarriage, premature delivery or severe loss of blood after the birth.

Causes
Fibroids are caused by excess estrogen. Causes of estrogen dominance include exposure to xenoestrogens, bowel toxicity and liver congestion. Undiagnosed clinical or functional hypothyroidism is frequently a factor.

PRESCRIPTION FOR WOMEN'S HEALTH

Nutrients
Dosage
Action
Multivitamins with minerals; (contains no iron)
MULTISMART
As directed. For complete formula recommendations see Appendix A
Ensures adequate nutrient status
ESTROSMART
Take four capsules per day, two at breakfast and two at dinner

D-glucarate 300 mg
Important for healthy metabolism of estrogen; supports normal cell growth
Turmeric (95% curcumin) 100 mg

Prevents abnormal cell growth, detoxifies cancer-causing form of estrogen
Indole-3-carbinol 300 mg
Stops healthy estrogen from converting into the cancer-causing form
Has been shown to reverse abnormal PAP tests within three menstrual cycles
Green tea extract 200 mg daily
Protects against abnormal cell growth; detoxifies excess estrogens
Rosemary extract 50 mg daily
Reduces tumor formation; antioxidant
Di-indolylmethane (DIM) 100 mg daily
Antioxidant, reduces risk of cancer
Sulforaphane 400 mcg daily
Reduces risk of breast cancer; stops abnormal cell growth
IRONSMART liquid Iron
1-3 teaspoons daily if you have heavy periods due to the fibroids
Does not constipate; enhances iron
Chaste Tree berry(Vitex)
100 to 175 mg daily
Balances estrogen-to-progesterone ratio; important for proper cell function
Borage oil
GLA Skin Oil
2000 mg of Borage oil per day
Anti-inflammatory; controls negative prostaglandins involved in pain and inflammation
Natural progesterone cream
In Canada, progesterone cream is a prescription drug. Use 6% natural progesterone 1/4 to 1/2 tsp morning and night between days 5-28 (or whenever your normal cycle ends). In the U.S., my choices are Emerita Pro-Gest Single Use packets and Progesta-Care by Life-flo; the latter delivers 20 mg in a pre-measured pump dose.
Limits the endometrial tissue build-up caused by estrogen
Vitamin K2 MK7
100 mcg per day
Stops heavy bleeding

HEALTH TIPS TO ENHANCE HEALING
  • See Health Tips for Endometriosis, another estrogen-dominant condition.
  • Detoxification and elimination of waste is very important. Eat liver-friendly foods such as kale, carrots, beets, artichokes, lemons, onions, garlic, leeks and members of the cabbage family (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower).
  • Follow a vegetarian diet and increase your fiber intake. Fiber carries estrogen out of the body. Avoid meat products (except fish). Your diet should concentrate on whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables. Choose organic foods whenever possible to reduce the burden of xenoestrogens from pesticides.
  • Do not eat any soy products whatsoever. A new study showed when women drank an 8 oz glass of soy milk, estradiol went up 380%. Soy is not recomended.
  • Avoid alcohol, dairy products, caffeine (including medications), sugar, chocolate, coffee, tea and soft drinks. Alcohol interferes with liver function and caffeine exacerbates the growths.
  • Lose extra pounds - being overweight can increase the effects of estrogen on the uterus. Exercise regularly to burn calories, improve circulation and help the detoxification and elimination process.
  • Take Estrosmart containing indole-3-carbinol, d-glucarate, sulforaphane, green tea, curcumin, rosemary and di-indolylmethane (DIM).
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